Keynote Session: What it Takes for Procurement Transformation - Fireside Chat with a Practitioner

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:10

Join Baber Farooq, Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy in a fireside chat with Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt, Principal/President of Innovative Insights Group LLC.  Baber and Melissa will discuss what it takes to plan for investments in hardware/software to support your sourcing and procurement implementations, and share key learnings on how to bring stability and security during this time of disruption and supply chain volatility.

Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt

Innovative Insights Group, LLC

Melissa Mohesky-Schmidt tool kit spans Manufacturing, Information Technology, Finance, Procurement and Sourcing.  Melissa collaborated and travelled globally through several IT initiatives including SAP implementations in over 60 manufacturing and warehouse sites in 12 countries. Later responsibilities include project leader, managing multiple technology projects supporting the Sourcing and Procurement teams through SRM, Taulia, Coupa and Ariba implementations and IT software/hardware buys. Melissa leadership supports corporate indirect sourcing for HR, IT, temp to hire services, R&D and various other large spend corporately managed commodities. Most recently Melissa and her husband founded their own company, Innovative Insights Group, LLC, which supports various business leaders in process or project management. Navigating decisions or process refinements while peeling back key learnings and unspoken needs is fundamental to IIG’s core strength. Melissa’s credentials include a BS degree from NC State University, an MBA from Webster University, a Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Certified Sourcing Professional CSP and a Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  

Baber Farooq

Senior Vice President, Procurement Product Strategy
SAP Procurement Solutions

Baber Farooq is the Senior Vice President of Procurement Product Strategy, leading a team focussed on delivering world class procurement solutions driving optimal procurement outcomes for customers today, and into the future.

Baber has extensive procurement knowledge, and since joining SAP Ariba in 2006 has worked with customers across the globe, understanding their challenges, procurement transformation goals and their view of success. This customer facing background provides Baber unique insights into procurement organisations and supports the development of a customer centric procurement roadmap for SAP.

Baber joined SAP Ariba in 2006 in the United States. Since then he has held various director- level roles in overseeing procurement transformations across the world. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as the General Manager, Customer Value Organisation - APJ and Greater China.

Baber holds a Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining SAP Ariba, he was part of the Engineering Design and Construction team for the city of Miami, Florida. He presently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, daughter and Rottweiler.